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Our second Practical Parenting program is next week!  Find out why teens get involved in high-risk behaviors, then learn a parenting approach that may better prepare teens to avoid and get out of dangerous situations at Exit Strategies on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Our speaker is Dale Wisely Ph.D., Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School in Hoover. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook City Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 36 years.  Tragically, the overwhelming majority of teenage deaths occur as a result of high-risk behavior. But the consequences of risky behavior can also lead to disability, unnecessary suffering, legal problems, and other serious troubles. You may not be there to stop your child, especially in the face of peer pressure, but you can give them an escape plan for high risk situations. This event will take place in the Youth Program Room at the end of the starred hall in the Kid Zone.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (February 28, 2017)
8 starred reviews ∙ William C. Morris Award Winner ∙ National Book Award Longlist ∙ Printz Honor Book ∙ Coretta Scott King Honor Book
"Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.  Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.  But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life."

Now, just a year-and-a-half later, the most-talked about book of 2017 becomes what will surely be a much-discussed movie.  The Hate U Give opens nationwide October 19, 2018.  Starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, KJ Apa, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, and Sabrina Carpenter, with Common and Anthony Mackie.  I will definitely be catching it this month.  See you at the movies.

This week, there are two major news items tied to Louisa May Alcott's classic novel!

1. For 150 years, Little Women has inspired women of all ages. It’s a timeless classic, passed down from generation to generation. Originally published on Sept. 30, 1868, Little Women continues to encourage, challenge and push readers to new heights. And there is now the 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition featuring the art of Shreya Gupta.

2. Little Women is getting a modern update in a new movie starring Lea Thompson and Lucas Grabeel.  From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart.  An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family.  When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story.  Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

Read The New York Times article 'Little Women' Marches On: Fans Celebrate the Novels 150th Anniversary.



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